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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

weilawei Re:Mass produce! (161 comments)

Sign me up! Especially if you're offering a discount on it because of all the NIMBYs!

about half an hour ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

weilawei Fuck This Shit (145 comments)

Please stop using the front page as your personal blog. May you <insert-untimely-thing-here> in a <insert-energetic-thing-here>.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:so waitaminute... (109 comments)

To answer your question: yes, car hacking is a real thing. It's widespread among higher-end cars, especially luxury models. However, it's usually limited to stealing the vehicles to be parted out and resold.

To answer your second question: Terrorists? WTF are you smoking? It's probably more likely to be abused by law enforcement.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:Laff (109 comments)

I'm sorry, they just don't have the broad expertise in mass food preparation. Sure, they can grow crops and tax stuff, but can they make billions upon billions of Happy Meals? I think not. We clearly need to outsource this to McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

weilawei Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (109 comments)

Just need to teach the existing software a new trick.

And I bet you the existing wetware will learn a new trick just as fast as you automate your car to crack the windows. Won't even need a wedge to slip in an opening tool.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (217 comments)

s/competion/competition/
s/Compatibile/Compatible/

Whoops. Guess it's time to hit the sack.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (217 comments)

I said that I think the less hardcore players would be put off. Those would be the people unwilling to invest the money to buy competition legal gear to practice with. I bet the top players would deal with it, and it would go over fine if the leagues picked high quality peripherals, especially if they offered a package deal to buy a competion legal set. There might be a bit of grumbling, but I doubt it would last once the practice was established. Compatibile hardware choices between leagues would also be a key factor.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

weilawei Re:Energy (620 comments)

I purposely left out the source of energy because it's irrelevant to the argument I made. You can try to make assumptions about which energy sources I prefer, but it'd be much easier to check my comment history.

The argument I made is that the demands of a modern population require the fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere by mechanical/chemical processes.

Where you get that energy from is yet another debate, one which I didn't feel like having today. You're free to figure it out yourself, but you keep trying awfully hard to imply I suggested things I didn't say.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

weilawei Re:Energy (620 comments)

And what's to stop us from using <insert-other-power-source> instead of coal? I have my favorites and I'm sure you have yours, but power sources are fungible in this particular instance.

2 days ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

weilawei Re:Or (81 comments)

Vise grips will fix that quickly. There is nothing vise grips cannot fix with sufficient percussive maintenance and clamping force.

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (217 comments)

Agreed. I think that's really the way to go. It might exclude some of the less-hardcore players, but the less hardcore players aren't trying to make a living off tournaments.

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

weilawei Re:Farmers of Forty Centuries says otherwise (620 comments)

Your reply boils down to: "you are wrong because <insert-authority-here> said <unspecified-thing-here>." You didn't even bother citing arguments from your source. C'mon, can't you do better than that?

I enjoy being proven wrong, but you're not living up to expectations.

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

weilawei Re:The solution (217 comments)

If you allow them to mail in a device ahead of time, what's to stop it from having a ROM that responds to the special secret knock? USB device, DMA, perfect storm.

It's much simpler to make a blanket rule saying "you cannot bring anything" than try to play the arms race where you make exceptions and need special security procedures for them.

2 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

weilawei Re:The logic of the fun (125 comments)

I hope this version address all the remaining complains about it.

I'd like to file a bug report. You misspelled "complaints". I look forward to seeing this issue fixed in your next patch set. ;)

In all seriousness, it's a good point. But.. but... shiny.. fancy.. squirrel!

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

weilawei Re:Energy (620 comments)

Local farming and gardening

Hate to break it to you, but farming is a mining activity. It extracts resources (by means of plants) and transforms them into a usable form. It's incredibly intensive resource-wise. That wears out soils fairly quickly with the amount of food we need to produce. That's why we've resorted to mining the atmosphere for nitrogen to put back into the soil to be extracted by plants.

You can't have 7+ billion locally farming; it just isn't going to work (at least not in the "organic" sense). Farmers have struggled with this issue for millenia, solving the problem by moving around frequently (rotating fields and general locations). Manure and compost are only a stop-gap which recycle a fraction (not even close to 100%!) of the nitrogen. The reason we can support a modern population is that the efficiencies of a central nitrogen extraction plant and farming area are far higher and less destructive than a modern population all trying to farm without using atmospheric nitrogen. Or do you propose providing a fairly large scale power plant and a dangerous extraction facility to every local community?

It's a damn good thing there's so much nitrogen in the atmosphere and we know how to mine it, because natural fixation isn't good enough for our current population size. If we didn't know how to extract it, can you say, "famine"?

2 days ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

weilawei Re:Random sample from one paper (134 comments)

That's no fun; I'm going to build my own journal! With blackjack and editorial broads! In fact, forget the journal and the blackjack! Ah, screw the whole thing...

4 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

weilawei Re:Shows you (242 comments)

The investigation was formally closed after the two women retracted their allegations as false.

What exactly do you propose they want him for now?

5 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

weilawei Re:Shows you (242 comments)

You have no reason to doubt them, except for the fact that the two women who made the allegations retracted them as false and the investigation was formally closed.

Also, flamebait? Really mods? This is pathetic.

5 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

weilawei Re:Shows you (242 comments)

Trial? What trial? He's not being charged with a crime. Since he's not being charged with a crime, why do they need to question him in person?

about a week ago

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Damage Already Done, FTDI Responds

weilawei weilawei writes  |  about a month ago

weilawei (897823) writes "Today, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user’s hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software.

If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?"

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Basecamp Stores Your Passwords in Plaintext

weilawei weilawei writes  |  more than 5 years ago

weilawei (897823) writes "Basecamp stores your password in plaintext. To see this, click on "My info" and then remove "edit" from the URL.

This opens up huge opportunities for exploits when people are away from their desk or when your password is emailed (instead of reset, as is appropriate). Not everyone uses a different password for every wesbsite."
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Secure Tunneling in OS X

weilawei weilawei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weilawei (897823) writes "I spend a lot of time on public wifi but I don't want people sniffing my traffic. How would I tunnel all my traffic, including DNS, to a remote server (using OpenSSH) under OS X? Specific browsers (e.g., Firefox) can be forced to defer DNS resolution to the remote host, but this isn't a viable option for every application. The proxy options in System Preferences appear to leak DNS requests, so the built-in client isn't an option either."

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